Kindness…..What if?

Yesterday I had an opportunity to be a blessing to someone. I had a gentle urging to do something nice for someone else and I listened to that urge. I was immensely blessed in return. I am not going to tell you what happened because it truly wasn’t that big of a deal but it made me and the other person feel good and that is all that matters. My Christian friends would call that urge Jesus or God speaking to me. My non religious friends would say it’s my conscience. Whatever you choose to call it wouldn’t it be nice if we all listened?

As I woke up to the news of yet another shooting this morning and more political name calling and I couldn’t help but think if everyone took just a minute or two out of their day to help someone else what a wonderful world this would truly be. Supposed someone had tried to help the marine with PTSD? What if instead of cursing and name calling those who have religious or political beliefs different from our own we all tried to just be kind? What if we all had just a little more understanding of others views rather than shoving ours down their throats? What if someone does or says something we don’t agree with we just agreed to disagree and moved on. What if someone hurts our feelings and we choose to forgive? What if…..What if…..Sigh. 😞 We could “what if” all day. Until we all stop and put ourselves in another’s shoes and choose kindness nothing changes. And I think we can all agree we need change.

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If only the world were like egg salad……..

Just a little side note since this blog was published. We were a featured blogger on Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! I’m so thrilled to display this button. Thanks to Nancy from On the Homefront and thanks to all of you for reading. 😊 Veletta

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Making egg salad!
Making egg salad!

I was making egg salad the other day and as I was cracking my blue, white, light brown, dark brown and other varying shades of egg colors into the bowl I started thinking.  Each egg is different in color and shade and variety  but each is absolutely beautiful. Yet when cracked open the egg on the inside is exactly the same. Some smaller, some bigger, some even with 2 yolks, but yet still the same, an egg. A delicious farm fresh egg that when boiled and mixed together in my bowl with mayonnaise, pickle relish,a little mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika makes a most delicious egg salad. Some how these eggs that look different on the outside mix together and make a beautiful meal. Big sigh here. I’m so saddened by all the arguments going on in our world lately. So much hatred. Racial tension, flag controversy, LGBT bashing, Christian bashing. No matter which “side” you are on the hatred is wrong. We are all beautiful eggs in this world. Regardless of what you believe it is time that all of us stopped hating and started being just a little nicer. That doesn’t mean you can’t express your views, your faith, your beliefs etc. It just means you need to express it lovingly so we all mix together in the bowl and make egg salad.

 

 

Shades of browns and white
Shades of browns and white
Beautiful colors!
Beautiful colors!

Acts of kindness/Cancer Awareness

I came across a blog the other day that is just amazing. http://www.cards-of-hope.com
They deliver cards at random to cancer patients. Children, adults, anyone suffering with this dreadful disease. What a great and uplifting idea. If more of us spent a little of our time devoting random acts of kindness to strangers just think how kind and loving our world could be. This kindness has inspired me to try to make sure I am a kinder, more generous person in my day-to-day life. Hopefully as you read this, the work they do will inspire you as well. Please check out the blog and if you know someone who could use a card, add their name to the list!

Ovarian cancer has affected my family. This horrible fast growing cancer takes the lives of so many women that I am going to include common symptoms and a link so if any one need more information they can easily find it.
Please encourage anyone you know with these symptoms that last more than a couple of weeks to see their doctor.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially, in the early stages.

Bloating
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
Fatigue
Upset stomach or heartburn
Back pain
Pain during sex
Constipation or menstrual changes

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/